This is a group of four; Yirina, Roni, Derek and me travelling from Abu Dhabi, UAE to Dhaka, Bangladesh in December 2011 onboard the famous Biman Bangladesh DC-10.
Three of us, Roni, Derek and me also made the return journey the next day. Derek (an Emirates pilot) and I have my eyes set on Dhaka for over a long time. We believe it is one of the great places on earth for spotting in Dhaka. With Yirina coming to Dubai for her training and Roni also interested to join, the trip on Biman is born! There are no better authentic ways to reach Dhaka than flying the national airline of Bangladesh!
Roni and I went to Al Rumaithy Travel, the GSA of Biman Bangladesh at Abu Dhabi to purchase ticket. Derek received his E-ticket via the new revamped Biman website. Ticket one way was 700AED, roundtrip 1560 AED. The travel agent promised to give us the best seats onboard
I have previously travelled on Biman in 2006 once, from Bangkok to Rome via Dhaka and Jeddah. I have such fond memories of my journey and believe once is definitely not enough for such great classic airliner and airline!
You can see the previous trip report here:
Biman Bangladesh BKK-DAC-JED-FCO A310/DC10 (by N178UA Jan 6 2007 in Trip Reports)
Pre – Flight party
We have a Pre-flight Christmas party at my apartment in Abu Dhabi. Only a few were able to attend include the both gorgeous Yirina and her friend Daniela (a Etihad FA) with personal greeting on their T-Shirt!
They made the Famous Czech Potato Salad. Here is Yirina’s creation
We also celebrated with some Emirates Business Class wine and glasses
Biman flies from Terminal 2 of Abu Dhabi, the hidden terminal which serves flight mainly to South Asian destination and used by airlines such as Biman, PIA, Air Blue, Shaheen, Air Arabia Egypt and Sudan Airways etc.
Night scenes at Abu Dhabi Terminal 2
We arrived 2 hours prior to the flight and met with Roni, who travelled from Bahrain to join us. The spirit was very high!
It’s Christmas and our present is to fly Biman!
The scenes outside Terminal 2 of Abu Dhabi. Very lively indeed, we could not help but noticed we are the only non-South Asian origins and being closely watched on all our actions. I personally really enjoyed the attention from them and they’re all very nice and harmless people, just with a curious mindset
Check- in area at Terminal 2 of Abu Dhabi
The departure screen of AUH Terminal 2. Can you spot the unusualness?
I was the tour leader and my duties include getting my members of the tour the best seats onboard and looking after their well beings!
After received our boarding pass, a photo shoot is compulsory.
Close up look on the boarding pass and Biman ticket jacket.
Terminal 2, airside view. Getting very crowded at night.
We somehow managed all getting lounge access. The kind lady allowed all of us into the lounge, although technically we can only have 2 persons. We took some food and rest, quietly prepare for our DC-10 journey ahead.
The flight information display shows our flight BG028 remains on-time. In fact it is early, must be a first for Biman?
Boarding on-time, let’s go!
Due to the National day of Bangladesh on 16 Dec, Dhaka airport will be closed for some air show exercises, our Biman flight have to operate strictly on-time to avoid late arrival penalty into Dhaka. Our schedule is to arrive Dhaka at 10am with curfew starts at 10:30am. Despite the notorious reputation on delays, I am pleasantly surprised on Biman’s performance that night and did not worry a thing.
Boarding was done via bus taking us to the plane on the remote apron. “The only way to board”
A nice way to board the DC-10 at 2am
We were joined by another group of 3 aviation enthusiasts (1 Australian and 2 UK expat working in Abu Dhabi) at boarding. So the group expanded to a total of 7 of us!
The view from outside of the aircraft door.